Rhebokskloof Cellar Selection Bosstok Chenin Blanc 2015
By Christian Eedes, 26 July 2016
How much to expect from unwooded Chenin Blanc? The Cellar Selection Bosstok 2015 from Rhebokskloof in Paarl comes from not particularly old vineyards [I’ve subsequently been informed that grapes were from two blocks, one 19 years old and the other 28] and features pretty conventional winemaking, fermentation occurring via inoculation in tank but I think it’s terrific.
On the nose, flowers and dried herbs before citrus and white plus some leesy (“wet wool”) complexity. The palate shows wonderfully pure fruit, extra-fresh acidity and a pithy, almost bitter finish. It’s a distinctive take on Chenin, one which I feel should be encouraged. Price: R66 a bottle.
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